Could you be our next GP star?

Published: 11 November 2001

Entries close on Thursday for a Pop Idol-style competition designed to find two GP stars of tomorrow. So if you can ride and are aged between 14 and 18 (or know someone who is) read on and be prepared to move fast.

Energy drink company Red Bull is starting the search with two selection days at Mallory Park later this month.

Red Bull 500 GP rider Garry McCoy will give advice to the chosen two youngsters, as will John Reynolds and Sean Emmett.

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t ridden before. You just need the talent, desire, ambition and dedication.

Fifty youngsters will be invited to the two sessions and they will be whittled down to 10 before the final two are hand-picked by selection panel. They will get a ride in a Red Bull Honda squad in next year’s National 125 championship.

Organiser Mark Forsyth said: " We want to find, nurture and develop young talent and hopefully it will provide them with an obvious platform to move into GPs. "

The team will be run by former British 125 champion and experienced GP campaigner Robin Appleyard.

If you think you have what it takes to land one of the places in the Red Bull 125 Junior Academy, then send an application via e-mail to mark.forsyth@uk.redbull.com

Give a brief CV and a paragraph explaining why you should be selected. You’ll have to be quick off the mark though as closing date for applications is Thursday, November 15.

The selection days take place at Mallory Park on November 29 and 30.